Irish software firm expands to Dubai

22 Jun 2011

Irish software development company TEKenable has become the first Irish business to provide cloud computing services to the UAE with the opening of a new trading office in Dubai.

The expansion is to further target international markets for cloud computing development projects.

The new office in Dubai is already attracting projects from customers in the region. TEKenable is forecasting the new office achieving a turnover of €600k in its first 18 months.

In the year, TEKenable has seen significant growth, doubling staff numbers from 20 to 40. Over the past four years, the business has developed offices trading in the UK and Pakistan.

Earlier this year, the company launched Ireland’s only Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence, based at its corporate headquarters in Dublin. The centre is the first of its kind in the Irish marketplace.

“Following on from the launch of our Cloud Centre of Excellence in Dublin, TEKenable has now become the first Irish business to provide cloud computing services to the UAE,” said Peter Rose, director of TEKenable.

“The new office in Dubai has received support from Enterprise Ireland. They recognised that as part of a national strategy to build Ireland’s smart economy, there are very significant opportunities to attract foreign companies to use facilities like our Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence in Dublin for their software development projects.”

Muhammad Z Khan, CEO of TEKenable UAE added, “Our intention is to leverage our assets and partners in Ireland to provide the financial sector and public sector in Dubai and the UAE/Saudi Arabia/Qatar, with strong services in cloud computing,” he said.

“We are attracting clients from many sectors and are currently working on projects from diverse industries, ranging from oil and finance to manufacturing.”

Photo, left to right: Muhammad Z Khan, CEO of TEKenable UAE; Nasser Zahran, senior market adviser, Middle East and North Africa, Enterprise Ireland; William Fagan, former Telecom Regulator of Qatar and Frank Murray, CEO, Piercom Limited